Cultural Life: Madeline Miller, Novelist
Saturday 28 July 2012
In the wake of Nora Ephron's death, I've been re-reading Heartburn. It's a novel based on the break-up of her second marriage, and it's been reminding me again how incredibly valuable she was as a voice. It's so funny, it's so sad, and incredibly incisive. I'm really enjoying thinking about her and her work. I've also been reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt, which is incredibly dark and funny.
While I was in the UK I visited the rehearsal room for the upcoming Royal Shakespeare Company production of Troilus and Cressida, which opens at the beginning of August. I almost never get to watch any plays that are up for a Tony award, but I recently saw the updated Porgy and Bess, before it went to New York.
I just went to the Musée d'Orsay, which I've wanted to visit for a long time. It is just as amazing as I'd hoped, with an incredible Degas exhibition.
I recently watched Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious, which is a film I've never seen before. It reminds me of how much I love Hitchcock. I should really go back and watch them all! The visual brilliance of it, will always be amazing.
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